Award-winning Canadian actor Gordon Pinsent dies at 92

Gordon Pinsent, the award-winning Canadian actor who played the heartbroken husband in the movie Away from Her, has died at the age of 92.

His family said in a statement that Pinsent died in his sleep on Saturday.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Sunday, “Gordon Pinsent was one of Canada’s most iconic actors. He was passionate, captivating and endlessly talented.”

Pinsent has worked in radio, television and film for decades. In 2008, he won the Canadian Television and Film Academy’s Genie Award for Best Lead Role in Away from Her, playing a husband who not only has Alzheimer’s disease, but his wife is taken away by another man.

Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley directed “Away from Her,” starring Pinsent and Julie Christie, which premiered at a film festival in 2006 before being released in theaters in 2007.

“Gordon had such an enormous power that he took joy in everything he did,” Pauley said on Twitter on Sunday. “It was infectious and educational. There was never a moment without determination to enjoy the

Born in 1930 in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, Pinsent began acting in his late teens. With a deep baritone voice, Pinsent performed on CBC’s Radio His Drama before working in film and television.

Pinsent spent about four years in the Canadian Army in the early 1950s. After returning to his acting career, he appeared in children’s shows such as CBC’s ‘Forest Rangers’ in his early 1960s. He has since appeared in a number of popular Canadian TV shows, including ‘The Red Green Show’, and has voiced King Babar the Elephant in television and film.

He had a role in the 1968 Steve McQueen film The Thomas Crown Affair and played the President of the United States in the 1970 film Colossus: The Forbin Project directed by Joseph Sargent. In the 2001 film The Shipping News, Pinsent played newspaper reporter Billy Pretty and during filming helped other members of the cast perfect his Newfoundland accent.

Pinsent was 76 years old when she appeared in “Away From Her”. Pauley said he envisioned a movie starring Pincent while reading Alice Munro’s short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain.”

Pinsent’s wife of 45 years, actress Charmion King, died of emphysema just months before the release of Away from Her, forcing Pinsent to revisit the film’s theme of quiet despair. I was.

In a 2007 interview a few weeks after King’s death, Pinsent said, “Except for the general sense of how a person must feel at certain times in their life after years spent with a partner. , I wasn’t necessarily taking advantage of it,” he said.

“Almost impossible to grasp…how do you prepare?” he said.”Where does love go? Where do leftovers go?”

King and Pinsent had one child, actress Leah Pinsent. He also had two children from his previous marriages, Barry and Beverly.

In 2013, Pinsent won the Canadian Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Don McKellar’s critically acclaimed Newfoundland-set comedy The Grand Seduction. In 2018, he released a short film, Martin’s Hagge, about a middle-aged author with anxiety and depression.

“I really love writing… Writing is good. When you hit those peaks, it’s more good than good. And it feels weirdly enough the same in acting.” It’s great when you get that zone, that peak.It’s a joy and a reminder of why you started doing it.”


The story was modified to show that Joseph Sargent, rather than Milos Forman, was the director of Colossus: The Forbin Project.